Economic police seize hundreds of counterfeit bags

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Police raid a bag shop. Long Sreng

Anti-economic crime police have cracked down on the import and distribution of counterfeit bags using the Pedro and Charles & Keith brand names.

Police seized more than 250 counterfeit bags from an accessories shop in Chamkar Mon district’s Olympic commune on Tuesday.

Major General Long Sreng, deputy anti-economic crime department director, said yesterday that a raid on the shop was coordinated by a deputy prosecutor of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

He said police found 254 counterfeit bags using the Pedro and Charles & Keith brand names.

“The crackdown was carried out after a complaint from MW Metropolitan International Brands Co. Ltd.,” he said.

Maj Gen Sreng noted that police brought the shop owner in for questioning after the raid, during which the shop owner signed a contract promising to stop importing and distributing counterfeit bags.

“Police asked her to sign the contract because she imported those bags,” he said. “We allowed her to return home afterwards and will continue to search for her source who produced and distributed the counterfeit bags.”

Deputy prosecutor Vong Bunvisoth could not be reached for comment yesterday.

In August last year, the department also seized counterfeit items using the Pedro and Charles & Keith brand names in five markets in Phnom Penh. Police confiscated 150 bags, 149 shoes and nine belts.

In December, police also seized 664 counterfeit handbags using the Longchamp brand name in Tuol Tompoung Market.

After the December raid, police educated 10 sellers and made them sign a contract promising to stop selling the bags, which violated intellectual property rights.

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